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DOLE names emerging industries in Eastern Visayas under Project Jobs Fit

Tacloban City (October 26) -- The Department of Labor and Employment recently identified the priority industries and the emerging industries in Eastern Visayas in the next ten years.

DOLE Director Forter Puguon informed that the identification of emerging industries is the first step under DOLE's "Project Jobs Fit: the DOLE 2020 Vision."

The identified key industries in Eastern Visayas, Director Puguon disclosed, are construction, manufacturing, services and health and fitness.

On the other hand, the emerging industries in the Region include agri-business, eco-tourism, cyber-services and service like hotels and hospitals.

Director Puguon said that the project aims to identify the preferred skills in priority industries from 2010 up to 2020 that must be produced in order to address the increasing job skills mismatch in the country.

At the same time, the project also seeks to identify the gaps and recommend strategies to address the gaps.

The comparative advantage of Eastern Visayas is the development of the agriculture industry and the service sector, Director Puguon said.

Many agricultural commodities ubiquitous in the Region and has a high probability of success if given more attention and support include the abaca, coconut, palay, root crops, high value crops, livestock and fishery. It also includes commercial forest, minerals and ecotourism.

It would be recalled that Labor Secretary who was in Tacloban with President Arroyo during the 65th Leyte Gulf Landings Anniversary celebration on October 20, informed that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is rushing the implementation of Project Jobs Fit to immediately identify preferred skills needed by emerging industries or employment drivers that must be produced up to 2020 to complement the efforts to finally stamp out the country's unemployment problem.

Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque said that in line with the Project Jobs Fit, the DOLE regional offices will finish consulting with the industry sector and other stakeholders including the academe by November 2009 in a bid to identify the skills needed by employment drivers and must be produced in each region until 2020.

Roque said the project's output would be the Jobs Fit action plan or road map which would be the basis of the education sector and other concerned stakeholders in the development of appropriate curricula and career materials and also the provision of training and educational scholarships aimed at meeting the skills requirements of industry.

He said the measure seeks to address the perennial problem of jobs and skills mismatch which underscores the unemployment and underemployment of many Filipinos particularly among the youth sector. He noted that the problem on unemployment cannot be attributed solely to lack of employment opportunities, citing the many vacancies posted in the online PhilJobNet skills and jobs matching system that are hard to fill due to lack of qualified applicants.

The Jobs Fit study is also expected to benefit the business group as it identifies the industries that will be the key employment generators in the next 10 years.

The Labor and Employment Secretary said the DOLE regional offices have been directed to come up with the Job Fit road map before the year ends to help prepare the country in taking advantage of the expected inflow of investments along with the global economic rebound in 2010.

He said the Jobs Fit would complement the efforts of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to attract investments and invigorate the economy to generate more jobs for the unemployed in the country. The President has engaged in aggressive economic diplomacy in her foreign trips that have so far generated about US$7.4 billion in investments to help protect the country from recession and prepare it to meet the requirements of the global rebound in 2010. The investments would be infused in agricultural, energy, tourism, and infrastructure projects in the country.

Secretary Roque said the investments are expected to generate hundreds of thousands of direct employment together with ensuing jobs from resultant downward employment generators like the services sector that would also be generated along with the infusion of investments in various projects. (PIA 8/DOLE 8) [top]

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